Trees Fall in Portland: A Cautionary Study in Impossible-to-Satisfy Local Busybody Regulation


There's wonderfully infuriating first-person account out of Portland from Tod Kelly at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen blog about what happens when you cut down trees in your yard that you weren't legally allowed to have growing there anyway and which presented a real danger to your and your neighbors' lives and property.


Read the whole thing, but suffice it to say the scenario involves multiple thousands of dollars of potential fines, anonymous and mistaken complaints from neighbors that must be pursued to the bitter end, bureaucrats making things up to satisfy their own weird preferences, and a man learning to see libertarianism in a brighter light.